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UGL Kentz JV Trains 60 Operators with GenieR Lift ProT Machine Specific Operator Training

Friday 24 June 2016 @ 00:00


Public Relations Contact: Anthony O’Brien
Phone: +61 411 578 818

Darwin, NT (24 June 2016) – UGL Kentz JV has significantly improved machine downtime, operator efficiency and reduced the prospect of asset damage at its Ichthys MEC-1 Project site in Darwin after commissioning Genie to conduct a round of its comprehensive Genie® Lift Pro™ Machine Specific Operator Training. UGL Kentz JV is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the onshore facilities at Ichthys, including the gas processing plant at Blaydin Point.

The engineering firm, which regularly reviews its EWP operator training, determined a round of training prevention would safeguard its fleet in Darwin. It subsequently, appointed Genie to deliver its innovative Genie Lift Pro operator training program, to 60 operators working onsite at Ichthys.

“We considered the length of training we were doing on machines, such as the Genie ZX™-135 boom lift, and we thought it was pretty constant,” said Mike Tuckerman, HSES Manager, UGL Kentz Ichthys MEC-1 Project Darwin. “We have our own high-risk trainers, but it was fantastic to have the subject experts from Genie on-site. We put everyone qualified to operate a Genie ZX-135 or Genie SX-180 boom lift through the training, and the feedback was excellent.”

Tuckerman said Genie Lift Pro training improved operator skill levels and will minimise asset damage. “The more we build on the site, the more restricted becomes the space the EWPs must operate within,” he said. “Before the training, we were sometimes bumping safety baskets against some of the assets. This isn’t happening anymore. There is also less machine downtime and improved productivity.”

The professionalism and service delivered by Genie was world-class, according to Tuckerman, who has authorised Genie Lift Pro training for another 190 operators at the Darwin site.

“You want this sort of partnership with your stakeholders on such a mega project as Ichthys. It really was a preventative action, which has taken our training to the next level,” said Tuckerman.

The onsite tuition was led professionally by Mal McIntosh Quality, Genie Training and Technical Support Manager Asia Pacific, Terex AWP Australia, who believes every operator left the Genie Lift Pro training with an enhanced knowledge of the Genie equipment.

“The training was four hours long, yet some of the operators considered they had received the equivalent of a day’s worth of knowledge and training,” said McIntosh.

The face-to-face training provided McIntosh with valuable insights into the safety measures used by some operators to operate the Genie ZX-135 boom lifts.

“Through Genie Lift Pro training, we aim to promote a wider understanding of the safety processes built into our machines and to ensure the normal operational functions become second nature to operators. We also want to make sure operators are not getting into situations that could be avoided,” McIntosh said.